I volunteer with… Jersey Hospice Care
My name is Bronwen Le Brun. I am involved with our family business at Les Mielles Golf and Country Club.
Where are you based?
I used to volunteer in the day centre at Jersey Hospice Care at Clarkson House, a couple of days a month. Now I volunteer in the St Ouen retail shop run by Jersey Hospice, once a week.
What do you do there?
It varies - sometimes I’m on the till others I’ll deal with phone messages and calls in the office regarding furniture deliveries and collections and other queries. I might do some sorting of donations, including clothes, linen, or bric-a-brac, and label and price items up ready for sale in the shop - another task might be to put items out in the shop on display.
Why did you start volunteering?
I have lost family members and friends to cancer and some of them have spent some time in the loving care of Clarkson House. They do such a wonderful caring job at Jersey Hospice caring for people who need palliative care, and they also help and reassure their families who are also going through a tough time when this happens, so I decided to volunteer for them to give something back.
What do you enjoy most about it?
There is always something different going on in the shop, it is interesting and varied place to volunteer and there is a really nice, friendly bunch of volunteers of all ages.
What would you say to someone who was considering volunteering?
If you have just a morning or afternoon once a week to spare, give it a try! It is very rewarding, you meet new people, make new friends and it makes you feel that you are giving something back. There are plenty of areas to choose from - different tasks to do, depending upon what you like to do or perhaps are good at, give them a call, they’ll appreciate you offering to help.